Capital and Infrastructure Improvements:

Stage 1: Strategic Planning is the first step in a Capital and Infrastructure Improvement Project. The resources here will help campuses align strategy, direction and allocation of resources to strengthen essential functions. The next step in completing an Infrastructure Project is Stage 2: Master Plan & CEQA.

A. Consult the Campus Strategic Plan

The strategic planning phase of an infrastructure project starts with getting familiar with the Strategic Plan of the campus. This plan is based on the vision of the president, combining both academic goals for students and faculty and the physical landscape of the campus itself.

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B. Consult the Campus Physical Master Plan

In addition to a strategic plan, each CSU campus has a Physical Master Plan. This outlines the physical requirements of a campus' academic and auxiliary programs.

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C. Develop or Update the Campus' Utilities Master Plan

A Utilities Master Plan (UMP) ensures that infrastructure development remains in line with campus utility capacity requirements, and that the appropriate amount of capital is allocated to investments in utility infrastructure. It also provides a framework for longer-term planning in order to support full-time equivalent (FTE) growth and climate resilience. If a new infrastructure project is in progress, updates will be necessary to ensure that the UMP reflects the most up-to-date capacity needs.

Utilities Infrastructure ​Master Plan Guide

This guide was developed by the Mechanical Review Board (MRB) and provides best practices for developing a new UMP. As part of the UMP development process, existing loads and capacity of each campus utility shall be assessed. The impact of the forward-looking campus master plan on these metrics will be used to inform future projects.

The following utilities are of interest:

  • Communication & Information Distribution Systems
    • Data/Telecommunications
    • Energy Management System (EMS)
    • Energy Information System (EIS)
    • Utility Tunnel/Distribution System Extensions
  • Fire Safety Systems
    • FIre Alarm System
  • Hydronic Systems
    • Central Cooling System
    • Central Heating System
    • Central Condenser Water System
    • Domestic Cold Water
    • Domestic Hot Water
    • Fire Water
    • Recycled Water (if available)
    • Irrigation
    • Sanitary Sewer
    • Stormwater Management Systems
  • Energy Systems
    • Electrical Power Supply Distribution and Battery Systems
    • Legacy Natural Gas Systems
    • Standby/Emergency Generation Systems
    • Legacy Cogeneration Systems
    • Carbon-Free Distributed Energy Resources
    • Photovoltaics and other Renewable Energy Resources
  • Transportation Systems
    • Pedestrian
    • Cycling
    • Transit 
    • Parking 
    • Shuttles


SUAM Section VII: 9100-9121 - APD87

SUAM Section VII: 9110-9113 - Major Utility Projects

D. Consult the Relevant Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs) and Deferred Maintenance Backlogs

The campus' facilities condition assessments and deferred maintenance backlogs are available through the ISES database. These reports are to ensure that the proposed infrastructure project aligns with campus needs and priorities. Certain sets of equipment inventories, preventative maintenance studies, custodial staffing studies, and more are also available for select campuses.

E. Utilities Infrastructure Planning Tools

The following tools should be used to inform the update and maintenance of infrastructure.


Government Code Section 13100 - 13104

Government Code Section 65041.1

CPDC Form 1-4.5 (Greenhouse Gas Estimating Tool)

CPDC Bulletin 20-003 High Performance Building Policy & Standards (will be published in the coming months)

Building Decarbonization Framework Scope of Work (PDF)​​​​​